This morning was the last time for us to be together with the kids before they returned
home. After breakfast we played a monkey toss game that Sue organized. Everyone got right into it and the kids loved it! After that we helped the kids bring their stuff outside, then we did the friendship circle and then we said our good-byes to the kids. I was glad to see that it was not such a high emotional good-bye but the kids looked happy. A couple of the girls on the team took it hard but that’s understandable.
The rest of the afternoon I wrote in my journal a bit and I decided to take a nap because I felt tired. After dinner we had a time of worship and debrief. It was great to hear of everyone’s feedback of their different experiences from the week of camp with the kids. I shared about my experience when I encouraged Eva to go on the zip line and how it was a special time for me to encourage her that day.
During that time of worship and debrief Cornel my director asked people to bring their
memory cards from their cameras so he could collect camp pictures from everyone. When he put my card in his card reader he discovered there was a problem so he called me to go to him. He asked me to put my card back into my camera and check it out. When I did I discovered that all of my camp pictures – everything was gone.
Somehow and I really don’t know how they got erased but everything was gone. There was this shock that just hit me and I started to cry. I felt embarrassed that I cried in front of my director but losing all of my camp pictures was heart breaking. He told me that there might be a software program on the internet to be able to retrieve the deleted pictures but there was nothing that we could do about it now.
The rest of the evening I cried so much and I felt so down and discouraged. I tried to pray
by myself but it was difficult because my mind kept thinking of those pictures. I am so grateful that two of our summer interns (Esther and Kaitlyn) asked me what was wrong (I guess I looked pretty upset). They called me over to where they were sitting and asked me if I was okay. I told them what happened to my pictures. Then we spent some time together just talking through things. I really appreciate the comfort and encouragement that they gave me. I honestly don’t know why that had to happen with my pictures but I need to give this completely over to Christ and let go.